The Lower Mainland’s best things to do on rainy days include visiting Vancouver museums, restaurants, indoor attractions and entertainment venues.
Vancouver offers so many fun things to do indoors, which is good seeing as we get so much rain!
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Rainy Day Things to Do in Vancouver
So where should one go to escape the wet stuff? Below are a few suggestions, including special seasonal activities plus lists of dry places for people of all ages, for children specifically and for adults.
For a video of Vancouver’s best rainy day places, click Vancouver Rainy Day Activities Video. For a list of best rainy day places, see below.
Seasonal Indoor Places
Good indoor (or online) activities to do this time of year include the following:
- Virtual Canada Day Events – due to the pandemic many places in the Lower Mainland are holding Canada Day festivities online (and for the most part they’re free!).
- Big Top Werewolf – an online game you can play via Zoom with friends and family from anywhere on a computer.
- Vancouver Maritime Museum – the family-friendly museum by Vanier Park is a great place to visit rain or shine. Also, for a limited time, if you use the promo code BEST21 when paying for admission you can get 2-for-1 pricing.
- Bard on the Beach – Shakespearean theatre that while normally at Vanier Park in the summer is taking place online this year.
- Imagine Van Gogh – a modern immersive art exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre that features the work of the famous Dutch painter on giant screens and displays. (March 19th to September 7th, 2021)
- Wings and Wizards – a Harry Potter-like magic-themed attraction at BC Place Stadium.
- Mission Folk Music Festival – a three-day online music festival taking place this weekend.
- FlyOver Canada – the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place reopens on June 18th, and with a fabulous new film – Hawaii From Above!
- Granville Island – the area’s Public Market as well as most of the restaurants, art studios and other unique places to shop are all open.
- Da Vinci Experience – a touring attraction showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci at Tsawwassen Mills.
- Staying at home and do some Indoor Activities by yourself or with other people you live with.
Dry Places for Folk of All Ages
Great indoor Vancouver places any time of the year are listed below. See even further below for places specifically for kids and other places specifically for adults.
Places within the City of Vancouver
- BC Sports Hall of Fame – a museum full of sports memorabilia at BC Place Stadium.
- Bill Reid Gallery – the Indigenous art gallery in downtown Vancouver.
- Bloedel Conservatory – an indoor glass-domed tropical garden facility at the top of the hill at Queen Elizabeth Park.
- FlyOver Canada – a film and flight simulation attraction at Canada Place.
- Museum of Vancouver (MOV) – the best place to learn about Vancouver history indoors.
- Pacific Centre Mall – a good place for indoor shopping in downtown Vancouver.
- Roedde House Museum – a heritage building that offers guided tours of a home built in the 1890s in Vancouver’s West End.
- Vancouver Aquarium – some of the attraction is still outside though, so don’t forget your umbrella.
- Vancouver Maritime Museum – good if you like maritime history and want a dry place.
Places Elsewhere within Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
- Britannia Mine – a museum that’s 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver and formerly the largest copper mine in the British Empire. (Note: It’s mostly indoors, but some of it is outside and visitors have to walk outdoors between buildings, so if it’s raining hard you might still want an umbrella.)
- North Shore Ski Hills – but only if they happen to be above the clouds (so check before you go).
- Metrotown – if you want to do some giant-shopping-mall shopping.
- Museum of North Vancouver (MONOVA) – a place to learn about the history of the North Shore (and opening in 2021).
- Museum of Surrey – a museum at 17710 56a Avenue in Cloverdale.
Other Places with Various Locations
- Vancouver Climbing Centres – facilities with climbing walls and bouldering opportunities exist throughout the Lower Mainland.
- Professional Sports Games (including ones with the following local teams):
- Vancouver Canucks – NHL hockey at Rogers Arena from October until around April.
- Vancouver Giants – WHL junior hockey at the Langley Events Centre from September until around March.
- BC Lions – CFL Canadian football from June until around November at BC Place Stadium.
- Vancouver Whitecaps – Major League Soccer at BC Place Stadium from March until October.
- Vancouver Canadians – NWL baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium from June until September.
- For more good places and things to do for people of all ages in Vancouver on a rainy day, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Entertainment and Vancouver’s Best Restaurants.
Rainy Day Places for Kids
Wondering what to do with children on a wet, miserable day? Below are some great kid-friendly rainy day places.
- Apex Adventure Plex – a trampoline park in Richmond.
- Castle Fun Park – home to the best indoor mini golf in the Fraser Valley (plus outdoor go karts, bumper cars, batting cages and more).
- Chuck E. Cheese – a fun place to take young children in Langley.
- Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver – a colourful indoor climbing facility with ladders, staircases, walls and all kinds of things to climb in Richmond.
- Extreme Air Park – indoor trampoline centres in New Westminster, Richmond and Langley.
- Funky Monkey Fun Park – laser tag, bumper cars, pirate ship ride and playground at 13853-104 Avenue in Surrey.
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – home of Vancouver’s planetarium.
- Kidtropolis – an indoor miniature village in Richmond that’s suitable for children ages 3 to about 8.
- Science World – a great IMAX Theatre and lots of cool science stuff to see.
- Watermania – one of the Lower Mainland’s best aquatic centres, and a best place for children in Richmond.
- West Vancouver Aquatic Centre – another one of the best indoor aquatic centres in Metro Vancouver.
- If you don’t mind the rain and want to take in other top attractions without the crowds, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Children, for top things to do with kids in general.
Adult Rainy Day Activities
For great bars and restaurants, check out Vancouver’s best places to eat and drink. Just don’t worry about places with fancy views though – if the weather is bad you won’t be able to see much.
For music, theatre and other performances around town, check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ Shows and Entertainment Calendar.
Indoor places that are of interest to people of all ages, but in particular adults, include the following:
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum – a museum with a biological collection at UBC.
- Bill Reid Gallery – a Northwest Coast Indigenous art gallery in downtown Vancouver.
- Vancouver Art Gallery – a great place for art and to escape the rain.
- Museum of Anthropology – a very good anthropological museum at UBC.
- Vancouver Theatresports – live improvisational theatre at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.
- Zero Latency – a virtual reality game centre where you can battle pirates, zombies and aliens in Vancouver.
And if you’re feeling lucky, maybe check out one of Vancouver’s casinos. Just take a limited amount of money, no more than you’re willing to lose happily, and play for fun. As they say, ‘know your limit, play within it!’
- Parq Vancouver – a casino by BC Place Stadium.
- Grand Villa Casino – a casino in Burnaby.
- Hard Rock Casino – a Coquitlam casino.
- River Rock Casino Resort – a popular casino in Richmond.
- Hastings Race Course – a horse-racing venue at the PNE Fairgrounds.
For other great things to do rain or shine, check out Vancouver’s Best Places Calendar of Events.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Festivals & Events
- Lower Mainland Indoor Activities
- Vancouver Activities for Children
- Vancouver on a Budget